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Tuesday, November 21st 2017
Tin Plavotic’s first half equaliser earned City Under-23s a 1-1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers Under-23s in the Professional Development League.
City were a goal behind within two minutes, after Arimide Oteh put the away side in front with a good finish.
But Luke Williams’ side were only behind for eight minutes, however, as Plavotic equalised from close range after being found with a good knock-down.
Arnold Garita had a number of chances to put City in front, but QPR goalkeeper Conor Hudnott was on form to stop the forward from scoring.
The away side took an early lead after just two minutes, when Oteh fired a low shot beyond the helpless Max O’Leary.
City came close to finding equaliser not long after, with Connor Lemonheigh-Evans’ drive saved well by Hudnott.
From the resulting corner, City equalised. The corner was headed down into the path of Platovic, who finished well past Hudnott.
The Hoops almost went back in front straight away, but Chay Tilt’s goal-bound shot was deflected out for a corner.
Oteh threatened the City goal again, but O’Leary got down well to save at his near post.
Kel Akpobire came close to handing City the lead after being found by Rory Holden, but his shot went wide of Hudnott’s goal.
O’Leary came to City’s rescue once again, saving at his near post after a fierce shot from Oteh.
Garita did well to beat the defender with some good footwork, but couldn’t beat the QPR keeper who smothered his shot.
The forward had the chance to give City the lead early in the second half, but the Cameroonian put his shot wide of QPR’s goal.
Hudnott foiled Garita for the third time with a smart stop, before Rory Holden’s ball flashed across the goal but evaded any touches to go wide.
The visitors thought they had been awarded a penalty when Tilt was brought down. Despite originally pointing to the spot, referee Tim Burley eventually awarded a free-kick to QPR, which nothing came of.
QPR might’ve been going with all three points if it weren’t for O’Leary. The keeper produced a sublime save to tip Tilt’s long-range effort over the bar.
Despite both sides having chances, the second half remained goalless, meaning both sides went home with a point.
The development group return to league action on Monday (November 27th), when they make the short trip across the Severn Bridge to face Cardiff City (7pm).
City: O'Leary, Edwards, Plavotic, Bakinson, Parsons, Baldwin, Akpobire (Day), Lemonheigh-Evans, Garita, Andrews, Holden. Subs not used: Wollacott, Morton, Turner-Williams, Ali.
Written by: Ryan Payne.
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